Writing Prompt #95

I’ve been a bad blogger…relying on easy posts, like this one.ūüėČ

I finished the recent chapter of Dragon Age fanfic I was working on, so now maybe I can move onto something else.  I have lots of things pending, so it would be good if I could get that out of my system, at least for the time being.

Perhaps I could try writing a few flash fiction pieces? ¬†Let’s give that a try. ¬†Wanna join me?


Happy Writing!

Quote Monday

I’ve been in a state of avoidance. ¬†Finding consolation in escapism. ¬†And the only person that affects, the only person that suffers, is me.

I don’t know why exactly either. ¬†Actually, I have¬†a couple of theories. ¬†Regardless, it’s about doing what you can with what you have in the hopes that you¬†can keep moving forward.


Here’s to starting off the new week on the right track! ¬†Wishing you all the best!


Writing Prompt #94

It’s Friday again?! ¬†My life is flashing by…gracious, I better start making better use of my down time!

I honestly planned on posting this Wednesday, when I was supposed to, but it was the first day in nearly two weeks I had the house all to myself, so¬†you can imagine what I did. ¬†Yep, I gamed, for like six hours, and I do not feel guilty about it, except now that I realize it’s Friday…again.


I saw this week’s image and knew right away it was the one I wanted to share with you. ¬†I was drawn to it immediately.


How about you?  Feeling inspired?

Happy Writing!

Quote Monday

There’s so much going on in the world right now that it’s hard to stay sane and not want to escape into our creative worlds full-time. ¬†I have things I want to say, and while I’m not sure I want to put it in this space, as I keep this blog as a journal as well, I may have to break my silence. ¬†I’m still pondering the idea, so be forewarned.ūüėČ

This is why I feel today’s¬†quote is so very apropos.


If you feel like I do, keep your chins up, my friends!  And try to have a wonderful and productive week!

Writing Prompt #93

How is it Friday already?! ¬†Honestly, it’s like I’m always a day behind, or two in this case.

As many of you are already aware, I love¬†Pinterest. ¬†It’s a great way to find and save images that represent a piece you may be writing, or a great time sucker depending on the day. ¬†Don’t believe me? ¬†Click on the ‘P’ to the right and see. ¬†If you were planning on doing something¬†else, you may find yourself in a pin-hole, well, that’s how I refer to it anyway – hours lost to scrolling and clicking and saving and then finding new things…and repeat.

I wanted to get back on track, and no matter the day, there’s always time for a little inspiration. ¬†Here’s this week’s Writing Prompt:


Feeling inspired?

Come write with me!

A Look Back on September

cherWhat is that saying about best laid plans?

Oh, yes.  They often go awry.  And so went the month of September.

A seemingly simple change to my work schedule for the entire month put a huge crimp in my plans. ¬†I wrote very little, and the longing I feel to be creative and get lost in my imaginary worlds is palpable, like an ache in the center of my being. ¬†This is an oddly nice reminder of the fact that I truly have found my calling. ¬†That being said, I didn’t come remotely close to finishing my planned¬†rewrite, I ignored my blog almost completely (Sorry, everyone!), and even the fanfic got the cold shoulder and I’m right in the middle of the juiciest bit.

Not to mention a slew of other things that got pushed to the wayside.  A whole month passed by and I have so very little to show for it.  Even the change in the work schedule offered little result.

And finally, amidst the monotony, I received word that my pilot was not advancing in¬†the first contest I submitted it to. ¬†I swear, if that amateur hour mistake cost me moving forward…


Sometimes I can’t help feeling as if I’m swimming against the current. ¬†There’s a whole lot of energy being expelled with little in the way of development, and I’m kind of at a loss of what decision I can make in order to achieve a more promising outcome. ¬†I wonder from time to time how many hours I’ve wasted looking for another job I don’t really want instead of investing that time in the work I actually want to do. ¬†I take that back.¬† I really don’t want to know that number.

It’s that kind of thought that compels me to write wherever and whenever I can. ¬†Every little step helps, right? ¬†Tuesday night, instead of being¬†compelled to do “busy work” after the one table I had (yes, you read that correctly – one), I wrote. ¬†I actually sat down at this tucked away little table and wrote. ¬†It was fan fiction, because that is the only thing I seem to be able to concentrate on at work, but I wrote…and I wrote a lot of it.

It felt good. ¬†I’ve missed it. ¬†And it was the nudge and spark of creativity I needed.

Can you believe there are only three months left to the year? ¬†Those goals I set for myself are drawing ever closer, and if I want to keep the promises I’ve made to myself, I have to get crackin’. ¬†The comforting thing about goal setting is that they can be adjusted to fit your needs/time table. ¬†There were a couple of deadlines I was hoping to make, but my overall goal of having my portfolio ready for the new year is still attainable. ¬†((Crosses fingers))

Okay. ¬†Now that I’ve reflected on the nonsense that was¬†September, it’s time to look forward to October and what the rest of the year has in store. ¬†With the holidays fast approaching and the time sucking that inevitably happens, we’ll have to be even more diligent with the time we have.

Even this big setback had a silver lining – I know I won’t be satisfied with doing anything else.

I’m open to suggestions for how I may best move forward and would love to hear what your goals are for the rest of the year.

Wishing you all the best in your creative endeavors!

4 New (to me) Favorite Shows + 1

TVblueIt’s hard enough to keep up with the shows I’ve been watching for years (because I haven’t paid for television in¬†nearly 5 years and generally have to wait to stream), let alone stay current with the torrent of new shows available on the numerous outlets nowadays, but since I want to be a part of it all, I¬†had to make a concerted effort to watch some new things.

I decided to go through my various lists and watch the first episode of a number of shows, and see what struck me. ¬†Here are the “new to me” stand outs:

lastkingdom4. ¬†The Last Kingdom – A wonderful show I discovered via Netflix is the BBC import The Last Kingdom. ¬†Set¬†before England is a united nation, the story follows the life of a young Saxon prince who is captured by an invading Dane army and becomes their earl’s slave. ¬†As the years pass, he becomes more Dane than Saxon and eventually becomes the earl’s adopted son. ¬†His journey is a strange one as he discovers that despite his true heritage, he is a man that doesn’t really belong in either world,¬†and yet finds himself at the center of the great changes that are to come.

It’s a period piece set in England. ¬†For me, that’s all it really takes,ūüėČ ¬†but there is something unique and captivating about this show, and I definitely recommend watching the first episode like I did – I’m sure you’ll be hooked too.

galavant3. ¬†Galavant – A comedy musical set in Medieval times starring Timothy Omundson?! ¬†I was in from the moment I saw the first preview, but because of the not-having-tv-thing, it was just another show that got pushed to the wayside…until Netflix. ¬†The first two seasons popped up and I was hooked from first song – Thank you, Alan Menken! (of Disney movie fame: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled to name a few).

The series follows Galavant, a knight on a mission to reclaim his lost love, but as you can expect in a comedy, things don’t always go as planned. ¬†The show is¬†more adult oriented despite the light hearted presentation, special guests make regular appearances, and without commercials, the 18 episodes are only about 20 mins long, so it’s an easy binge watch. ¬†And then I discovered the horrible truth –¬†Galavant had been canceled. ¬†I think the show is really wonderful, and cleverly done. ¬†I’m sad to learn that there won’t be any more of it. ¬†If you’re looking for something different and just plain fun, I highly recommend Galavant.

vikings2. ¬†Vikings – This was a show I longed to watch, but again, did not have access to, and then I got access to Hulu and voila! ¬†Even if I hadn’t been entranced by the first episode, which I totally was, this show was one I was willing to put a little effort into. ¬†Thankfully, it didn’t come to that. ¬†It’s fantastic! ¬†Vikings are often¬†portrayed as this brute invading force, but this show takes us inside their world and, in particular, the life of Ragnar Lothbrok.

Tired of the routine set by his earl of sailing east to lands they have repeatedly pillaged, Ragnar¬†makes a daring-rogue decision and builds a boat of his own to travel to new destinations. ¬†Ragnar, besides being easy on the eyes, is a compelling character to watch. ¬†He’s a clever man played by a subtle¬†actor who says a great deal with his eyes. ¬†(I’m a sucker for that, hello, Mads Mikkelsen.) ¬†And then there’s his wife, Lagertha, a famous warrior known as a shield maiden. ¬†She is an amazing character and¬†my eyes are drawn to her whenever she’s on screen. ¬†She’s a force to be reckoned with, and it’s satisfying to find a character like her.

I’m only on season 2,¬†and there’s already been betrayal and sacrifice (literally) and loss. ¬†I can’t wait to see what else is in store for these characters.

strangerthings1. ¬†Stranger Things – Everyone was talking about Stranger Things¬†so I decided to watch the first episode to see what all the hype was about. ¬†If you’ve been on the fence, get off of it already and watch this hit from Netflix Originals.

Set in the 80s in a small town, this sci-fi series follows a group of friends, four 12 year old boys who are sort of the geeky outcasts. ¬†(In hindsight, they’re the boys I wish I would’ve befriended when I was 12 to learn how to play D&D.) ¬†When one of their friends mysteriously disappears, a new friend mysteriously appears, and a¬†“strange” series of events follow as this tale unfolds.

There was a lot of information about this show on every social media outlet (there still is as season 2 is close at hand), and it was hard to stay ignorant to the premise, so if you’re like¬†I was, I won’t give too much away because it is really well done and a lot of fun to watch. ¬†I have to say I was surprised how much I enjoyed this,¬†because I didn’t know what to expect, so maybe that’s a good thing…I’ve been disappointed more often than not recently when I’m looking forward to something…and despite the fact that Winona Ryder is one of the leads, she is still not a good actor, the show is worthy of your time.

And the +1 is currently in the ¬†“undecided” section:

blackbutlerBlack Butler – The Sis has already watched all the available episodes and is a fan, but I’ve only watched a few, and am still on the fence. ¬†I really like the premise which is about a young boy,¬†the heir to a vast fortune in Victorian England, who makes a deal with a demon to avenge his family. ¬†The demon then becomes his constant companion in the way of his butler, and he is “one hell of a butler”.ūüėČ

Japanime seems to be a cross between a couple of animation types, a beautiful, stylistic art, and this odd, campy, almost childish variant. ¬†Black Butler has both, which sometimes pulls me out of the story because the two styles are drastically different, but this is a mainstay in their animation, I’ve discovered, so it’s just something you have to get used to.

Black Butler is available on both Netflix and Hulu and the Hulu version has both the dubbed and subtitled versions, I believe.  I would recommend the subtitled versions, because Sebastian, the butler, has a wonderful, soothing voice.

Have you watched any of these shows? ¬†What do you think? ¬†Wanna talk about any of them? ¬†Let’s chat!